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Google is committed to Android Wear, says VPIt took awhile, but Android Wear 2.0 is officially here. And Google wants everyone to know the company will keep pushing forward with its smartwatch dreams.
Google says Android Wear is not a hobby. A long time ago, Steve Jobs referred to the Apple TV as a hobby. Hobby became a code word meaning something we aren't really actively working on. David Singleton, VP of Engineering of Android Wear at Google said, Android Wear is not a hobby for us. And the company is committed to the space. Android Wear 2.0, Google's major update to its watch operating system, was first announced in May 2016. Its original release date was said to be fall 2016. In September of last year Google announced the release date was pushed to 2017 Android Wear 2.0s official release date is February 10th. For the first three quarters of 2016, Android Wear owned approximately 18% of the smartwatch market according to IDC. Apple Watch OS took 38%. Would Google release it's own watch like it did with the Google Pixel Phone? Singleton said working with partners is the best way to go. LG introduced the LG watch style and watch sport in partnership with Google, which also is available starting February 10th. Singleton did not foreclose the idea of a Google branded watch, but we'll have to wait and see. For more information check out cnet.com. I'm [UNKNOWN] and I'll see you online.